Policy A-1

Number: A-1
Date of Inception: November 26, 1984

Purpose: To provide and clarify current types of acceptance and admissions standards used in the admissions process by the Office of Enrollment Services.
Types of Acceptance:

1. Regular - A student who has met all admission requirements and is pursuing a degree (or teacher certification only). Regular acceptance also includes students who are assigned the academic standing of Probation 1 or Probation 2.

2. Bridge Program - A student determined to have potential difficulty with a regular freshman course load may be admitted by approval of the Director of the Bridge Program and/or the Director of Admissions and given a course load which must include a Bridge Program curriculum.  Students who are accepted into this program must pass all of their FSP courses during the first thirty (30) hours attempted in order to continue their studies at Charleston Southern University. Exceptions made due to class availability will be determined by the Director of Academic Advising and/or the Director of the Bridge Program. Students admitted in Bridge that includes Bridge mathematics will be registered in Math 099 “Beginning Algebra” during one of their first two semesters of attendance. However, these students may choose to complete Bridge mathematics requirement prior to initial enrollment at CSU by either of the following:
  1. Completing a foundation mathematics course (or courses) that are preapproved by the CSU Mathematics Department chairperson (or his/her designee) at any regionally accredited two-year or four-year institution 
  2. Completing the prerequisite syllabus for Math 111 at any Sylvan Learning Center. Contact the CSU Director of Academic Advising for details.

3. Provisional - (a.) A student seeking a degree from Charleston Southern University who has not submitted all the required material for regular admission. Such a student may be accepted on the provision that he or she submit the required material as determined by the Enrollment Services Office prior to preregistration for the next term. Enrollment may only include one Fall or Spring semester and may not exceed 15 credit hours during this period. Graduate students should refer to the appropriate section of the most current Graduate Catalog for credit hour limitations under Provisional Status.
(b.) Students over twenty-one years of age may be admitted under this classification if they do not have SAT/ACT scores and do not qualify as a transfer student. Such students are not required to take the SAT or ACT but must submit evidence of academic potential. Any provisionally admitted student over twenty-one years of age who does not receive transfer credit for a mathematics course toward the fulfillment of the LAC (Liberal Arts Core) requirement in mathematics, or credit for a course equivalent to MATH 099, and does not have a current SAT and/or ACT score (less than five years old), has two options:

Option 1: Take the mathematics placement exam ONCE, prior to enrolling in their first major semester and prior to registering for any mathematics course. This exam will be used to determine whether a student is allowed to register for a freshman level (or higher) mathematics course, or if they must first complete MATH 099, Beginning Algebra (Students receive institutional credit only).

Option 2: Those who do not take the mathematics placement exam according to Option 1 above must successfully complete MATH 099, Beginning Algebra, before registering for a higher mathematics course at CSU. 

Regardless of which option (above) is chosen, all students placed into Mathematics 099 will be required to pass MATH 099 during their first two major semesters (fall and spring). In addition, students admitted under this status must also pass English 111 during their first two major semesters (fall and spring) at CSU or have acceptable equivalent transfer credit prior to attending CSU. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to continue at CSU, and must complete the transferable equivalent of (1) Mathematics 099 or higher acceptable course, and/or (2) English 099 at another institution before being readmitted at CSU. 

Once students provide evidence of mathematics proficiency at the Math 099 level or higher, they may then satisfy the liberal arts core requirements in mathematics by successfully completing Math 105 or higher level course(s), depending on one’s major and/or minor requirements. Having successfully earned credit for English 111 allows students to enroll in English 112. Refer to the CSU Undergraduate Catalog for other Liberal Arts Core requirements.

4. Special - Students not seeking a degree at Charleston Southern University. This category includes high school students enrolled in honor's programs, consortium students, transient students seeking educational certification or recertification, and others taking personal interest courses. Undergraduate students may take up to 15 hours under this classification before being required to apply for acceptance as “regular” or degree-seeking (or teacher “certification only”) student. Students accepted under Special Status are not eligible to receive financial aid at Charleston Southern University. 

Note: Graduate students should refer to the appropriate section of the current Graduate Catalog for credit hour limitations under Provisional and Special Status.

Test Scores: 
Current minimum SAT scores required for the Regular acceptance of new freshmen are as follows: Verbal = 480 Math = 440 
A minimum ACT composite score of 19 is also acceptable. Subscores are also considered in the acceptance decision process. 

In addition to standardized test scores, a student’s high school and/or college records, CSU placement tests and other information may be used in the admissions process. Refer to the other Admissions policies in this manual and the current Undergraduate Catalog for more details. Procedures for transfer students, international students and students seeking readmission are also found in the current Undergraduate Catalog. 
Dates of policy revision approval: 11/26/84, 4/7/86, 11/4/94 
By action of the Admissions Committee and the President’s Cabinet.

Editorial revisions approved by the Provost on:
8/14/97, 8/7/00, 4/24/03: Under “3. Provisional” part “(b.)” to reflect the new mathematics placement policy approved on this date.

Editorial revisions approved by the VPAA on:
1/30/12 and 4/20/12 

Revised by the Director of Admissions and the Bridge Program: January 2014